An Artful Halloween : a drawing activity, costumes, pumpkin decorating and more!

An Artful Halloween: A Halloween Drawing Activity, Costume Ideas And Much More!

An Artful Halloween :: A Halloween Drawing Activity, Costume Ideas And Much More!

Maia has declared this the funnest Halloween ever and I think the rest of us are in agreement.

We certainly tried a lot of different fun Halloween ideas!

Here are some photos and links…

Halloween Arts and Crafts for Kids

An Artful Halloween :: A Halloween Drawing Activity

1. Halloween Drawing Activity

An Artful Halloween :: A Halloween Drawing Activity

Fill in the Jack-O-Lantern Faces: a fun chalkboard prompt and activity.

I love this Halloween drawing activity so much that I created a free printable for you!

An Artful Halloween :: A Halloween Drawing Activity and Halloween Family Fun Guide

Click below to download “Fill In the Jack-O-Lantern Faces.”  Print as many copies as you like and see how many different Jack-O-Lanterns your child can make!

Click Here for Your Free Printable

An Artful Halloween :: Pumpkin Carving

2. Pumpkin Carving

Totally last minute pumpkin carving and decorating in the studio.

An Artful Halloween :: Pumpkin Carving

Maia and Marlise drawing pumpkin faces.

An Artful Halloween :: Pumpkin Carving

Scooping out pumpkin guts with an awesome little serrated scraper from one of those cheap plastic pumpkin carving kits.

For years I been struggling to scoop out pumpkins with a spoon and to carve pumpkins with a kitchen knife. No more, my friends.

I have my little kit from Target and I have to say it is the best. Totally cheap and flimsy, but it really works.

An Artful Halloween :: Pumpkin Carving

Plus, with the little saws, Maia can carve her own pumpkins. Easily.

Or at least she carved one eye before she ran off for her third (but certainly not final!) costume change of the day.

An Artful Halloween :: Pumpkin Decorating

3. Pumpkin Decorating

We also combined a couple of fun ideas from around the web: junk drawer jack-o-lanterns  and carrot-nose pumpkins.

This photo was taken seconds before Daphne took a bite out of the carrot nose, by the way.

An Artful Halloween :: Jack-O-Lantern Pizza

4. Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas

Before the trick-or-treating craziness began, we made sure the kids ate some real food. These are jack-o-lantern english muffin pizzas that Harry assembled while I finished Daphne’s costume.

An Artful Halloween :: Costumes

5. Halloween Costumes

Pre trick-or-treating photo of the puppy dog, super girl, and princess.

An Artful Halloween - puppy costume

Up until the last minute I was operating under the assumption that Daphne would be totally fine in whatever costume I put her in. (I was planning to just go with something from the dress-up box).

It turned out that she had strong opinions on the matter and really wanted to be a puppy dog.

So I added a couple of ears to a hat and sewed a quick tail, both from gray wool leftover from my handbag. It has to be one of the quickest costumes ever (if you don’t count the dress-up box).

An Artful Halloween :: puppy costume

She loved it. Here’s a photo of her with Harry, who dressed up as a geeky businessman (so not him). I kept cracking up whenever I looked at him with those cardboard glasses and pocket protector.

All in all, a very fun Halloween.

What are your favorite Halloween drawing activity, costumes or pumpkin decorating ideas?


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This is an online workshop with 10 fun Halloween arts and crafts activities that your family can enjoy all October long. Use coupon code KASHALFOFF for $9.99!

Plus a bonus of 10 Halloween-themed drawing prompts!

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Download our FREE printable idea list of 31 Halloween activities for kids & families!

Or just check out the blog post with the links… So many fun ideas for Halloween!

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An Artful Halloween - A Drawing Activity, Pumpkins, costumes and more!
An Artful Halloween: A Halloween Drawing Activity, Costume Ideas And Much More!


  • Reply
    Melissa @ the chocolate muffin tree
    November 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Love the pretzel spider webs! This will be on our list for next year or maybe sooner! Who says Spider Webs have to be for Halloween?

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    November 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Looks like you had a fun halloween. It’s getting bigger here in the UK, but we just had a simple treasure hunt, maybe trick or treating next year. I love that photo of daphne looking up at the big girls, so sweet.

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    November 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

    OMG Harry is breaking my heart!!! SO fun to see him geeking out!!! Your photos are wonderful; Daphne looks euphoric, sweet girl. What a wonderful, wonderful treat to see all these photos. xo

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    November 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for the link! LOL–I bought 2 of those kits! I love those knives. They really get the job done yet are safe for kids. Ginger uses them to help cut up veggies in the kitchen!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Exactly! Who says spider webs have to be for Halloween!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I know! I love Daphne’s expression in that photo.
    A treasure hunt sounds like a fun way to celebrate Halloween.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm


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    Heather Collins
    November 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Too cute! We had a fun time too, we love Halloween! :)

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    November 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    To remember for next year. Instead of carving top off pumpkin, carve small opening at bottom that way when the pumpkin starts to rot, the lid doesn’t fall in! Love all the halloweeny ideas, thanks!

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    November 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Agree, that photo of Daphne looking adoringly at the big girls is TOO cute. Looks like great fun was had by all, and, as always, you did it with great artfulness. :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Great idea! I do let Maia use our serrated knife in the kitchen and it’s actually quite similar to those saws (except for size).

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    It’s a fun holiday!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Good tip! Thanks.

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    November 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I love the “snowman” pumpkin! And the puppy costume is just perfect!

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